5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Step out on a historical walking tour of San Francisco's internationally renowned gay neighborhood, the Castro. While walking you will learn about the history of the Castro and visit the historical landmarks that remain a symbol and source of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism and events.

This comprehensive San Francisco tour details the rich and diverse history of the Castro neighborhood and beyond.


  • Guided walking tour through the Castro neighborhood
  • Learn about the history and culture of San Francisco
  • Twin Peaks Tavern, Castro Theatre and the colorful murals of the Castro
  • Walk by Harvey Milk's former residence and camera shop, the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Civil Rights Academy
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, and The Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque
  • Visit the Hope for World Cure Mural and the AIDS Quilt Names Projects original site
  • Informative narrative from your local guide

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What You Can Expect

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Castro Theatre, San Francisco

On this guided walking tour through San Francisco's vibrant Castro district you'll visit the Castro Theatre, one of San Francisco's premier movie houses, which gave the neighborhood its name.

Harvey Milk, San Francisco's icon and civil rights leader, was a profound contributor to the history of the Castro. On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit Harvey Milk's residence, his photo shop and campaign headquarters.

Other Castro landmarks you will see on this historical walking tour include the Pink Triangle Memorial Park (a triangular free-standing memorial to thousands of gay men persecuted in Nazi camps of World War II), and the legendary Twin Peaks Tavern (First gay bar in America to have glass windows).

All tours are incredibly informative and empowering. Public walkways are wheelchair accessible.

Customer Reviews

Davin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We met Kathy at Harevry Milk Plaza and commenced our tour once the others had arrived. Kathy is very informative and was a great guide. The impact Harvey Milk made on a community in such a short time is staggering. One of the most poignant things was when we saw where the AIDS quilt was made and Kathy explained how big it is and how it is currently stored. She is correct the quilt needs to be in a museum.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I had visited the Castro previously and just knew I was missing something. This tour highlighted all of the things that I missed that first time. We learned so much about the Castro culture and history.

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